Harbaugh Highlights Positive QB Interactions

Who will Michigan send out at quarterback week one? That is the million-dollar question for new head coach Jim Harbaugh heading into his first season in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh met with reporters and spoke about the interactions he’s had with his quarterbacks this offseason.

The quarterback position has been a highly talked about issue for the Wolverines all offseason. With fall camp only a week away speculation about who the starter will be will ramp up significantly.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke with reporters on Tuesday, shortly before his trip to Big Ten Media Days, to discuss his thoughts on the current team heading into camp.

Naturally, the quarterback position was brought up.

He then outlined what expects his corps of signal callers have gotten done during the offseason.

“Get in the best shape of their lives, learn a new system, learn a new language,” Harbaugh said. “Connect with the university, connect with their teammates, there are quite a few things they’re doing right now.”

Harbaugh even went as far as comparing his new system to his summer vacation abroad.

“It is not too dissimilar from me trying to go to Paris, France and not knowing the language and them coming in here and not knowing our football language,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t speak multiple languages very well, but I speak English and football.  It’s a language. 

That’s probably the best way to describe it.  They’re learning our football language and terminology.  They’ve got a lot going on for them.”

Graduate transfer Jake Rudock is expected to compete for the starting job this fall. Despite being around the conference and the collegiate atmosphere for quite some time, there’s still a learning curve.  At the moment there’s only so much Harbaugh & company can do to help him because of the offseason limit the NCAA has for the coaching staff in terms of player engagement.

“Yeah, it is very limited in terms of coaching him this summer,” Harbaugh said. “Depending on the designation of the week, whether it is a mandatory week or a voluntary week, still the amount of time you can coach him might only be an hour a week in this particular week.  So it’s limited.”

Even so, Harbaugh has been impressed with what he’s seen from Rudock so far.

“Very positive (impression),” Harbaugh said. “He’s got a lot that he’s trying to get done.  He’s got goals, he’s got ambitions, he’s got a plan for making this a successful year for him and our team and shares that with Shane Morris.  Both of those two youngsters, I’ve just noticed the way they’re carrying themselves, they’ve got a bounce in their step.  They’ve each got a plan and they’re chomping at the bit to execute it. (That’s) my impression.”


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